Please excuse the dreadful pun in the title. You see, Claire and I visited Stratford to see the play with a title very similar to the one above. Whilst Claire shopped I .. errr … shopped and found Vin Neuf, (what a great name!), an independent wine merchant. James Richards was very welcoming and suggested I tried a white Lirac La Fermande Domaine Maby 2010 (the WS sell the red from the same producer). The blend is Grenache, Clairette, Viognier and Picpoule and costs about £12.
It presented a pale, lemon yellow colour with very slight green lights and some viscosity (alc. at 14%). Richard immediately exclaimed “fennel!” on the nose and he was right. This was wedded to a refreshing high note of acidity. The palate was weighty, full and rich with a smooth back-palate that was dry. This is great food wine – we drank it with a brandade of salt cod, thanks R.- when the food is full flavoured. It could be even better if decanted. There might be some words to follow on he decanting of white wine.
This was really enjoyable, thanks James.
Next play is – As You Like It. Now that’s a great title for a wine blog.